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The Work of the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System (TCHWS) Project in Building Resilience against Tsunamis and Other Coastal Hazards in the Caribbean
The Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System (TCHWS) Project (October 2007-April 2010) sought to support the development of a tsunami and other coastal hazards warning system in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS). The Project was implemented by CDEMA and co-funded by the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), CDEMA, the CDEMA Participating States and the European Union.
The Project was the region’s response to the Boxing Day Tsunami of December 2004 which killed over a quarter of a million people and impacted 12 countries in the Indian Ocean. The TCHWS Project sought to increase public knowledge and improve the way in which communities at-risk to tsunamis and other coastal hazards were warned. This was done by developing and making available public awareness materials (of which these webpages are a part) as well as educational materials (link to Schools and Teachers Page); in addition to the development and testing of warning information dissemination protocols (link to Tools Developed by the TCHWS Project for Tsunami Early Warning) suited to the institutional context of CDEMA Participating States.
The tools and products developed through the Project support enhanced community resilience and enhanced disaster management knowledge in CDEMA’s eighteen (18) Participating States which are two of the medium term goals of the Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy and Framework (2007-2012).

All of the products developed are the result of a combination of activities including broad-based collaboration between CDEMA and other regional and national level organizations and the stakeholder groupings that they represent.


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